This article was originally written by Dominic Watkins for LexisNexis (May 2015).
What is the latest on the FCU?
At the end of March 2015 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) appointed Andy Morling as the head of the FCU, succeeding temporary unit head, Richard Hoskin. Mr Morling has experience in intelligence-gathering and investigations having spent most of his career working in these areas for HMRC, the Serious Fraud Office, the Serious Crime Agency and the National Crime Agency. It was set up on an initial two-year trial basis and funds come from the FSA's current operating budget.
The FCU has been fairly active in commenting on issues but is still gaining momentum in terms of actual enforcement action and is still working on how to implement some of the post-Elliott recommendations and identifying how they are to be resourced. The FSA's position on this has been that it is better to start slowly and build a momentum from there with a targeted plan.